With current market conditions how do you measure location vs finish level? Should buyers be focused on best streets or newest kitchens and baths?

Asked by Sarah Anderson, Charlestown, MA Tue Aug 9, 2011

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John Becker, Agent, Natick, MA
Fri Mar 15, 2013
The saying " location, location, location" still holds true today. You can always find homes that are more renovated, but the price may be prohibitive for your first location. Likewise, you can do renovations to your own tastes gradually. But a location that is either popular or perfect for you is the priority. I recommend trying to get the best kitchen in the location you like. If you can't, and don't want to renovate, move to a neighboring community that you are comfortable with to find the newer kitchen and bath. Also, when thinking about renovating the kitchen, pay particular attention to the layout. A kitchen that you don't have to chance structurally will save you a great deal of money. Swapping out cabinets, appliances, flooring, tile, counter tops and paint can be done reasonably and in steps.
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Kathryn Acci…, Agent, Sturbridge, MA
Wed Aug 10, 2011
Without knowing what properties you are looking at, in general it would be best to consider location first. You can't change a property's location, but you can change the finishes within a home. Of course, you also have to consider the length of time you plan to stay in the home, and your ability (and budget) to make upgrades. Best of luck to you, Sarah!
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